News Pulse January/February 2023

January 27th, 2023 by Nathan Hobbs

What were’s most popular news stories since our last issue? These headlines grabbed the industry’s highest attention.

GM Files Patent For Display System

GM Global Technology Operations LLC submitted a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a display system that can tint the windows of a vehicle. It could be incorporated into one or more windows of a vehicle as well as navigational and driver assist systems.

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The Art of the Fire Sale

Chris West, XPEL’s director of automotive films, blogged about a common industry problem: “I am amazed at the growth our industry has seen through the recent pandemic that has affected and rewritten life as we know it. Despite economic strains, shops have continued to stay busy and grow more than ever. But as our economy comes into some challenging inflationary moments and supply chain issues plague the automotive industry, the automotive aftermarket industry is beginning to experience intermittent slowdowns.”

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Compensation Plans: The Pros and Cons of Each

Chris West, XPEL’s director of automotive films, returned with another helpful blog: “I have met many shop owners in the industry, and we have frequently talked about compensating employees. In this article, I want to break down the compensation plans I have seen over the years. Keep in mind that the plans and positions vary, and there is no one perfect solution.”

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Mike Burke Fights Skin Cancer with Courage

The Skin Cancer Foundation has emphasized the significance of skin cancer prevention, early detection and prompt, effective treatment since its 1979 founding. The organization lists window film as a tool in its Daily Sun Protection Guide, an effort that hits home professionally and personally for Sun Stoppers’ founder Mike Burke.

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Wrap of the Week: STEK’s Dyno Blue Chrome PPF

The Las Vegas convention center was home to a plethora of paint protection film solutions during the 2022 SEMA Show. STEK made a splash by unveiling its brand new protective wrap on a BMW M4 Competition turned pickup truck.

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